Laird McKay

We (Yasmine - 36, Liam - 2,5, and I - 49) are currently living on a leased 16ha farm in Burgund. The past two plus years we’ve been working on getting a community, similar to many of those on this site, on its feet. We have had a few successes and many opportunities for growth (sounds better than failures). One of our major stumbling blocks has been the land. We have a lovely place here in Burgundy, but it is leased. There is also a leased property in Switzerland. Although both properties are communal living spaces and although we have first option on buying both, we have been having a devil of a time finding people willing to invest the needed time and/or money to bring the projects further. There are also other issues we are facing with both properties, but I won't go into detail here. Suffice it to say, we are happy with what we have achieved so far, but are unable to get any further by staying where we are. A good friend of ours made us aware of this site. We are very excited for the opportunity to reach out to so many other people and communities with shared interests. Although we have been in contact with various communities and projects throughout Europe, we have yet to find a site with so much to offer. Our goal is to either find like minded people willing and able to join us on the search for a new location; or an established community, with shared ideals and goals, that needs our talents. We are by no means experts, but we have gathered a decent amount of gardening experience over the last few years and have been having more and more success with canning as well. I am a union trained carpenter and have a little bit of experience with general repair and handywork. Yasmine has some experience with horses. We have been raising chickens, rabbits, partridges and bees. We currently have two shetland ponies and two andalusian donkeys. The donkeys may or may not come along. The focus of the project/community is one of tolerance, cooperation, off-grid, debt free, regrowth, rehabilitation and freedom. Please let us know what you think. We hope to hear from you soon.